Role playing: Actors with autism portraying characters with autism

I am ready to talk about people with autism performing the roles of people with autism on film and television.

When I founded my nonprofit The Miracle Project® offering performing arts for people with autism years ago, I talked a good game about the limitless possibilities for children and young adults of all abilities, but I never dreamed one of my students would guest-star on the hit new ABC series The Good Doctor.

Why didn’t I dream this dream? I should have then, and I do now. My thoughts on this are growing and evolving as characters with autism and other disabilities become more prevalent in the media and performing arts: Atypical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Good Doctor, Speechless – all feature a main character portraying a person with autism or with other developmental disabilities.


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10th November 2017
Huffington Post